The Crow and the Pitcher ~ Aesop

A crow, half-dead with thirst, came upon a pitcher which had once been full of water; but when the crow put its beak into the mouth of the pitcher he found that only very little water was left in it, and that he could not reach far enough down to get at it. He tried everything he could think of to reach the water, but all his efforts were in vain and at last had to give up in despair.

Then as the crow became still a thought came to him, and he took a pebble and dropped it into the pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped it into the pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the pitcher. Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the pitcher. And another and another.

Little by little the crow collected as many stones as he could carry and dropped them one by one with his beak into the pitcher. He dropped so many pebbles into the pitcher that he lost count until at last he brought the water within his reach to quench his thirst and thus save his life.

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